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The Final Straw: History Repeats Itself? – Peter Gelderloos On Where We’re At

Its not uncommon to hear pundits and regular folks making comparisons between the crises we are now facing and other historical moments, such as the 1920s in Germany or the global rebellions of the 1960s. But is this an effective approach for gauging the potential of now?

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Debunking the myths around nonviolent resistance – By Peter Gelderloos

The Floyd rebellion follows a long tradition of movements using a diversity of tactics to achieve their goals, discrediting champions of nonviolence.

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SubMedia: System Fail #2: An Airborne Virus Called Freedom [Video]

A look at the social and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a specific focus on the incompetent state responses of the UK, Brazil and the United States.

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Questions In The Face Of Counterinsurgency

As the rebellion that has rocked the US and spread internationally approaches a full month, the counterinsurgency strategy being used to pacify it has become well defined. Police repression and vigilante violence from the outside, and rumors of agent provocateurs to divide the movement from the inside. But another method of internalized, soft counterinsurgency has also been omnipresent: the use of liberal identity politics to spread the idea that fighting back against a racist society is in itself racist. This practice was already well developed by the time of the Michael Brown rebellions in 2014, making use of white allies to put all their power and privilege behind the ostensible leaders of oppressed communities. Though leadership in any community, and for any larger group, tends to be a complicated question, self-identified allies tend to support the leaders appointed and legitimized by the media, leaders who hold positions of power within some of the institutions that help make up this white supremacist society.

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Peter Gelderloos: “Looting is wealth re-distribution” [Video]

Are riots a gift to the right? Should property destruction be condemned by social movement leaders? OR is non-violence based on a falsified histories of struggle? Are riots the language of the unheard?

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Counterinsurgency: dousing the flames of Minneapolis – by Peter Gelderloos

As people rise up against police violence and structural racism, what counterinsurgency techniques is the state deploying to attack and undermine the movement?

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Tracing the lines of the barricade

“Which side are you on?”, asks a famous american labour song. Perhaps the answer to the question, taken as a question with revolutionary implications, has never been simple, contrary to the illusions of hindsight and/or ideology.

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Peter Gelderloos: What went wrong for the municipalists in Spain?

Peter Gelderloos’ critical appraisal of spain’s “municipalities of change” is timely.

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Review of Peter Gelderloos, “Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation”

A review of Peter Gelderloos’anarchist analysis of how states are formed and developed.

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10 years after police murder on #Alexis: A world without police

The second article of our series 10 years after police murder on Alexis is an essay by Peter Gelderloos from December 2014: A World Without Police. “In the media lens, young students were justifiably protesting in the streets after the police murder of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, anarchists were hijacking the event to burn police stations, and immigrants were taking advantage of the situation to loot stores. None of these characterizations are based on fact. Millions of young people and old, Greeks and immigrants, participated in the uprising, in a variety of ways.”

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